Peirce School Students Raise Youth Mental Health Awareness & Funds for C4

Peirce School Students Raise Youth Mental Health Awareness & Funds for C4

Peirce Elementary School, located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago’s North Side, has a remarkable student-led service learning after school club called Life Service Action.  Each year, the group selects a cause to learn about and support. During the last school year, 21  5th-8th grade students in the group selected Youth Mental Health Awareness as their focus.  In a time where mental health concerns are more visible than ever, these students felt passionately about the topic and their desire to bring awareness to the forefront for their peers.
 
These inspired students created a learning and action plan, which started with educating themselves on various youth mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorders, anorexia, self-harm and suicide. They pledged to have a Day of Silence, remaining silent from 8am-2pm. The students demonstrated solidarity with other youth who don’t feel like they have a voice or don’t feel heard or understood.  They ended the day with an assembly where they shared their experience and presented the information they researched to the entire middle school student-body at Peirce.
 
In addition to their pledge of silence, the students included a grass-roots fundraising effort, to make an impact by supporting local community organizations that work toward their chosen cause.  This year’s group selected Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) for our work in mental health with Chicago area youth.  Students reached out to family, friends and teachers asking for support. The result was an astonishing 150 individual donors contributing toward the cause, helping the students raise $950, which exceeded their fundraising goal by over 20%!
 
The students of the Life Service Action program culminated the project by hosting C4 to a luncheon and check presentation where the students awarded C4 with their generous donation and discussed what the entire experience meant to them.  C4 extends an extra special thank you to all the members of the Life Service Action program at Peirce School, not only for their generous contribution, but also for their dedicated commitment to helping increase awareness of Youth Mental Health issues among your peers and community members.